'Jackets blank Ranger JV, 7-0

Phil Riddle phil.riddle@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETSports
Stephenville right fielder Kaegun Williams slides safely into third base during Tuesday's non-district battle against Ranger JC's junior varsity. The 'Jackets blanked the Rangers 7-0.

Stephenville used vintage small ball to score most of their runs Tuesday afternoon in a 7-0 shutout of Ranger JC’s junior varsity.

The game was originally scheduled to be played in Ranger, but soggy field conditions there moved the game to SHS.

The Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the first inning and added one in the second with effective bunting, but without getting a hit.

“This time of the season, getting ready to start district, it’s a good time to work on things like this,” said SHS baseball coach James Boxley. “When you get a little experience in getting a bunt down, it gets easier when you have to do it in a district game.”

Leading 4-0 in the fifth, SHS sent nine batters to the plate and the first six reached safely, adding the final three runs to the scoreboard.

Brock Morrison started off the inning with a single to shallow leftfield. Maddux Conger followed with a bunt single, as did Josh Bulla to load the bases.

Bradley Morrison rapped an RBI single to right and Sam Weber cranked a 2-run single deep to left. Kaegun Williams loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch.

The inning ended with the bases full of Yellow Jackets.

Left-hander Bulla went the distance on the mound, earning the shutout and limiting the Rangers to four hits.

“He did a good job,” said Boxley. “It seemed like early in the game he was getting ahead in the count and had command of things. Later in the game he kind of had to battle a little bit, but he did.”

The Yellow Jackets, 5-5, start district play Friday night at home against Mineral Wells.

Boxley said he feels like his team is ready for the games that count.

“We’d have liked to have played some more games,” he said, blaming icy and wet weather for missing some non-district outings. “But everybody is in the same boat. I feel good about the team. “